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Festiva Maxima

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Cultivar
Festiva Maxima
Originator
Miellez
Group
Lactiflora
Date
1851

Double type; very large; early. White, with prominent crimson flakes on a few central petals; fairly fragrant. Tall; very floriferous; stems usually strong. Foliage large, dark green. Excellent for both garden decoration and cutting. The flowers are globular, with wide petals of heavy substance, loosely arranged, and last well when cut. An old, thoroughly tested variety whose merit is proved by its very great popularity. “Does not last well when cut. Chicago market says it is a poor cut-flower.”— Brand. “Splashed, streaked, and edged with crimson. Usually flatfish rather than globular.”—Saunders. “Stems good but not rigid by any means—rather spreading.”—Little.

Reference: 1928-B-d:096